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Evaluating and Working with Light in Photography

On March 15, 7:00 pm Nic Stover will give a presentation to our club and the St. Croix Valley Camera Club. Thanks to Mike Chrun for arranging for and sharing this!

Join professional landscape photographer Nic Stover for this session to talk about Not too Heavy, Not too Light.  Just right.  The word “photography” literally means “drawing with light” from the Greek words phos, (genitive: photós) meaning “light”, and graphê meaning “drawing or writing”.  There are so many ways to think about the different types of light within our photography and what we can do with what we get in the field but also when we get back in front of our computer to process our images we “harvested” in the field.

In this presentation Nic will talk about how the most important thing in photography is you and how you look through the light harvester (IE the camera) and the choices and decisions you make on how to collect the light that is falling in front of you onto your subjects of choice.  Nic doesn’t have mastery of light nor the power to control it but he will talk about what he CAN control is how he reacts to the light he is given, not the light he wants, but the light he is given.  Nic considers the science and study of light to be one of our most important pursuits in photography.  This presentation will increase your understanding of how to work with light.   

Some of the topics covered in this presentation include but are not limited to:

  1. How to think about light.
  2. How we view light vs how our camera (light harvester) views light.
  3. How do we actually see light from the warms and cools to the brights and darks.
  4. What is the true value of light in our images?
  5. How do photographers describe and talk about light?
  6. What are the 4 ways in which light interacts with our scenes?
  7. How can you most effectively use light in your images.
  8. Ways you can break out of your normal mode of working with light.

As part of this session you will get a follow up with a reference sheet of 15 ways to describe light, and a recording of the presentation. 

Stover is based in San Luis Obispo, California and focuses on landscape photography classes and workshops encouraging his class participants to develop their skills, explore their capabilities, and to create meaningful work.  Additional information can be found at www.stoverphoto.com

Ian Plant Freebie

Here is a link for a FREE reference sheet of ways to take better photographs from one of the masters, Ian Plant. 

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Happy New Year!

Mike Prokosch

On Wednesday, January 6, 6:30 pm, we will have meeting that will reveal our 2020 Year-end awards.  With the April Salon meeting being cancelled, and the print categories being discontinued, there will be no awards for prints this year.   This was the first year that we have the assignment category with the largest number of images submitted.  Michael Prokosch thanked our club for being asked to judge and was impressed with the quality and diversity of our salons.  The galleries will be posted after the meeting.  An invitation to the meeting will be sent by email to all members on the morning of the meeting.

We have two more meetings in January.  Check out the calendar page with information about Mike Moats (Macro) and Cameron Darnell (Creative Lighting for Bird Photography).  Watch for meeting invitations in your email no later than the day of those meetings, but get the dates on your calendar now.

Architecture Examples

The February 3, 6:30 pm meeting will be the first salon meeting of the year.  The assignment is Architecture and the submission deadline is January 13.   The February 17 meeting will depend on our members.  It will be a time for members to share their favorite photos from 2020.  Please submit up to five photos to share@wiphotoclub.com, 1920 pixels on the long side.  You will have a chance to talk about your favorites.  There will be no critiquing, just sharing.

Reminders

  • Be sure to enter the 2021 Interclub Competition! It’s a benefit of our club being a member of the Twin Cities Area Council of Camera Clubs.  The deadline is Saturday, February 6, 5 pm.  The rules and entry form is here.  And you can see how our club has done in the past here.
  • After a brief hiatus, the N4C contests resume this month.  The entry deadline is the tenth of each month.  Here is how to enter.
  • Send your favorite images of 2020 by February 15, but don’t delay.
Posted in Club Event, Club Meeting Info, Competition, Educational

Mike Moats on Macro Photography

On Saturday, January 16, 3:00 pm, Mike Moats will present “The Properly Equipped Macro Photographer.”  Being a properly equipped macro photographer is not just about the equipment, but also equipping yourself with the how-to knowledge of macro photography, how to control depth of field, a little about composition, and subject matter.

Mike Moats is an international award-winning, full time pro macro photographer from Michigan.  He is a Tamron Image Master, and his articles and images have been published in many photo magazines for over 15 years.  He has a Macro Photo Club online with over 2,000 members from 18 countries.  Mike teaches workshops and speaks at photo conferences throughout the US.

You can see more of his work and more about his Macro Photo Club here.  Special thanks to Steve Cole and Richard Hudson for arranging this.  A link to join this meeting will be sent to all members as soon as it is available.

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The Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Mars

Stellarium Capture by Bryan Leonard

For four centuries we’ve waited to have the opportunity to see and photograph this rare astronomical event and we’ll have to wait until 2080 to enjoy it again!  It will happen on December 21st.  Both planets will appear in the sky just 0.1 degrees apart.  Bryan is planning to go to Birkmose Park.  He tells me we should be able to see it in the southwest sky around 6 pm.  I plan on joining him with hot chocolate and binoculars.

There are other things to see in December’s night sky.  The information on the conjunction is about 1 minute and 20 seconds into this short video from the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Posted in Inspiration, Just for fun

Vote for Peoples Choice Award!

We need help from “We the People” to decide on the Peoples Choice award.

You can select up to three of your favorites (and you can vote for your own if it’s here).  I had a terrible time selecting the images because so many this year were outstanding.  Please send your votes to vote@wiphotoclub.com by this Saturday, December 12.  You may give the title, or just the number preceding the title.

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December News

The end of this year marks six full years as my being president of the club.  This has been such a wonderful experience for me in so many ways.  The best part has been all the friendships I’ve made.   But it’s time for me to step into the background and to give others the chance to steer the future of the club.  With Covid extra challenges faced us…the worst of which for our club is the fact that we haven’t been able to have meetings in person and the resulting challenges of bringing value to our members.

We have a great board that is willing to take over most of my responsibilities.  We will be having a meeting on Wednesday, December 9 at 7 pm.  Please consider joining the board or attending this virtual meeting.  Just use the contact form and I’ll send an invitation to join the meeting.

Year-end Club Competition

The digital acceptances from the salons this year, the ones scoring 8 points or more, will be sent to a judge who will choose the awards this year.  Since we had only one salon that included prints, they will not be included.  The awards meeting will be on January 6, 2021.  Members who have competed in our salons will be sent a list of their scores for this year in the next few days.  We will need your help to select the “Peoples Choice” Award.  There will be more about that soon.

N4C News Update

N4C has cancelled all their print competitions and their Spring Convention.  They are still expecting (hoping?) that the Fall Convention will take place in Duluth.  I had been told earlier that the awards for the 2019-20 Best of the Best would be held for pickup at the Fall Convention.  Instead, I have arranged for them to come to me in the mail and I expect to get them early next week.  Here is the gallery of winners.

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Camera Council News

Interclub Competition

The annual Interclub Competition for 2021 will be happening soon, so it’s time over the next couple months to find your very best photos to submit.  There will be no print competitions this year but Black and White (Monochrome) has been added to the individual categories.  Meanwhile, I’ll be looking at all our salon photos this year to choose 20 for the club competition.  The rules and entry form for 2021 is here.  You should also check out how our club has done in the past by clicking here.

Free Bird Photography Virtual Meetings

Photo by Cameron Darnell

The Camera Council is sponsoring two virtual programs that are available to all members of the Camera Council.  When we get closer to these dates, I will send invitations by email to all members.

Monday, December 14, 6:00 pmIntro to Bird Photography by Cameron Darnell

Bird photography can provide countless opportunities for artistic expression and enjoyment. After discussing the basics of photographing birds, Cameron will explain how to manipulate your camera settings for bird photography, how to use light to your advantage, and how he composes his images. He will share descriptions and image examples highlighting various techniques for developing bird photography skills 

Photo by Cameron Darnell

Monday, January 11, 2021, 6:00 pm  – Creativity in Lighting for Bird Photography by Cameron Darnell

Birds provide a myriad of opportunities for artistic expression beyond a standard portrait. Whether the photographer utilizes backlight, negative space or depth of field, capturing a variety of unique compositions can create a visually stunning bird portfolio. In this workshop, Cameron will explain how to create a thoughtful image that tells a bird’s story. He will share descriptions and image examples highlighting various techniques for becoming a more creative bird photographer.

Cameron is a recent graduate of high school, is 19 years old, and enjoys nature, athletics, and music. He got into photography after birding for a while when he saw someone with a lens clicking shots on a bird walk seven years ago. “It seemed so fun, so I tried it with a beginner digiscope setup. I was hooked immediately! I love the creative aspect of bird photography, how each viewer sees the scene differently and can create his or her unique vision of the subject. It’s fulfilling to provide an outlet for visual wildlife conservation as well through my bird photography.”

Website: https://www.camerondarnellphotography.com/

Instagram: @camerondarnellphoto

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Member in the Spotlight

Recently the St. Croix Valley Magazine in their arts and culture news, featured an image by Michael Huber.  I have long admired Michael’s drone work and was pleased that he would share some of his amazing work with us.   Some of the images below are panoramas made of multiple shots, and others are HDR captures.  It was fun trying to identify where some of these were made.  Can you tell?

Posted in Inspiration, Member Spotlight

November 4 Meeting Update

We had a great meeting with John Gregor on Wednesday night.  It was well attended, not only by our club members, but also the North Metro Photo Club and the St. Croix Valley Camera Club. He showed us some amazing places and images and gave a lot of back stories.  The audience asked some great questions, and John’s answers were revealing.  John gave us permission to record the meeting, so if you missed it, here it is:

John asked me to share the following links:

He has a lot of great videos on his YouTube channel.  He has a couple on the use of ND filters, and my favorite “Fashion Tips for Winter Photographers”.  You know that’s coming!

Posted in Educational, Inspiration, Meeting Summary

Coming Up in November

Next Wednesday, November 4 at 6:30 pm we will be hosting a presentation by John Gregor.  The program is “The Stories We Tell; Telling Stories with Nature, Landscape, and Travel Photography”.  John has been a long-time friend of our club and has also made many appearances at the Camera Council’s Spring Break events.  John has a Masters of Education through St. Scholastica College with an emphasis in photographic literacy. He earned his BA from the University of Minnesota with a degree through the University without Walls program, his degree was entitled “Documentary Expression of American Culture through Photography” a combined degree of Social Sciences and Fine Art Photography.  You can see more of his work at https://coldsnapphotography.com/

All club members will be emailed invitations to join the meeting on the morning of the 4th.

Free Statewide Star Party

Our friend, Dr. Mike Shaw, will be giving a free presentation at 7 pm, Wednesday November 11. Link for details of his talk:  https://www.bellmuseum.umn.edu/event/swsp-2020-wed/

Registration link:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/statewide-star-party-virtual-edition-tickets-124294232395

Reminder

Our last salon meeting of 2020 will be on December 2 and the entry deadline is November 10.  The assignment is “Fall” and here is how to do it.

 

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